South West Wales

Sex assault: Bogus cancer therapist Reginald Gill and wife Leila jailed

A bogus therapist and his wife who told women they could diagnose and treat cancer have been jailed after being convicted of sexual assault and fraud.

Reginald and Leila Gill sexually abused two women at their home in Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, after both were wrongly told they had cancer.

At Swansea Crown Court, Gill, 77, was jailed for eight years for crimes the judge described as "despicable".

His wife, 35, was jailed for six months.

Judge Keith Thomas told Gill: "Women came to your house for medical treatment after they lost faith in the NHS.

"They came with an open mind and you took advantage of this.

"You told them they had cancer and they said they were prepared to go through any humiliation and shame to cure themselves."

After submitting them to "degrading treatment," the judge said Gill "also convinced your wife to go along with your depraved scheme".

He added: "You convinced the women to strip naked in front of you and, under the pretence that you were administering beneficial treatment, you subjected them to sexual assault."

Gill will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely, and his wife for seven years.

Prosecutor Huw Rees said the case was about "deceit and the sexual abuse of strangers".

The court heard wheelchair-bound Gill told the two women that he had been a doctor in the British Army.

But a jury at was told he had served as a cook in the catering corps - and had no medical qualifications.

The married pair met their "patients" at a health fayre when they told of their "ozone therapy" to cure illness at their homeopathic clinic in their house in a quiet village.

'Quack enterprise'

Mr Gill told one woman that she had cancer but boasted that he could cure it within two days.

Gill, assisted by his wife, examined the women without gloves and used an electric shock machine on them.

But genuine doctors later found that neither of the women - who cannot be named for legal reasons - actually had cancer.

Both of the Gills denied there was anything sexual in their treatment of patients.

John Hopkins, defending, said: "This was quack enterprise motivated by the mistaken belief that Reginald Gill had in his own capabilities."

The court heard the pair married in 2009 despite their 42-year age gap. They were arrested in 2010.

Gill was found guilty of three sexual assaults, six assaults by penetration and two counts of fraud. He was sentenced to eight years.

His wife was found guilty of one count of sexual assault and one of fraud. She was given a six-month sentence.

Judge Thomas ordered their medical equipment to be seized and destroyed.

After the case, Detective Insp Steve Cockwell said: "Mr and Mrs Gill falsely claimed that they could diagnose and treat cancer.

"They used this to sexually assault the two victims and for financial gain.

"The victims have displayed extreme courage in reporting this matter and by giving evidence in court and have exposed Mr and Mrs Gill as fraudulent practitioners of alternative medicine.

"I hope today's positive outcome encourages others who have been victims of serious crimes to come forward to us and make us aware."

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